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Breaking: Reid Yanks Defense Authorization Bill To Force GOP's Hand
TPM CAFE ^ | 7-18-07 | Greg Sargent

Posted on 07/18/2007 9:38:10 AM PDT by tcrlaf

Ratcheting up the stakes in the wake of the GOP's successful blocking of a vote on Iraq withdrawal just moments ago, Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won't allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until the Senate GOP drops its filibustering of votes on Iraq.

The move is significant because it could hold up the funding of the Pentagon's fiscal 2008 priorities until the standoff is resolved.

It comes only moments after the Republican filibuster succeeded in preventing a vote on the Reed-Levin amendment, which would have mandated withdrawal by April 2008.

Reid said:

I have temporarily laid aside the Defense Authorization bill and have entered a motion to reconsider.

But let me be clear to my Republican colleagues – I emphasize the word "temporarily". We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq. We will do everything in our power to complete consideration of a Defense Authorization bill. We must do both.

And just to remind my Republican colleagues – even if this bill had passed yesterday, its provisions would not take effect until October.

So we will come back to this bill as soon as it is clear we can make real progress. To that end, I have asked the Democratic Whip and Democratic Manager of the bill to sit down with their counterparts to work on a process to address all outstanding issues related to this bill so the Senate can return to it as soon as possible.

What this means is that Reid isn't allowing any votes on any other Iraq amendments -- not the toothless Warner-Lugar amendment, not the Ken Salazar amendment that would force adoption of the Baker-Hamilton plan, nothing.

Fellow TPM reporter Spencer Ackerman also says that Reid's move is very significant in another way:

Because the Pentagon's priorities won't become law until a Defense Authorization bill is passed, the Pentagon's fiscal 08 priorities won't get funded until this standoff is resolved -- and Reid is insisting that won't happen until the GOP allows a vote on the Iraq withdrawal measures.

More soon.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; democraticcongress; democrats; dhimmicrats; harryreid; iraq; moonbat; reid; spartansixdelta; war; wot
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Now the Sore Loser intends to starve the troops if he doesn't get his way???
1 posted on 07/18/2007 9:38:14 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Translation:

“I will hold paychecks of troops being shot at to ensure that we capitulate to Al Qaeda!”


2 posted on 07/18/2007 9:42:04 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Confidence in Congress has hit an all-time low of 14%)
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To: tcrlaf

So he want to give the GOP the talking point of Democrats denying funding for the troops because of a political temper tantrum? Yeah, brilliant stategy.

Dor all Daschle’s faults, he wasn’t as incompetant as Reid is for the Democrats.


3 posted on 07/18/2007 9:42:34 AM PDT by Soul Seeker (MR. BUSH: GET OUT OF REAGAN'S HOUSE!!)
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To: tcrlaf

And congress’s ratings just go down and down. Do you think Reid and Pelosi will wake up to the obvious? I hope not.


4 posted on 07/18/2007 9:42:37 AM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: tcrlaf

Why don’t they arrest that bastard.


5 posted on 07/18/2007 9:42:42 AM PDT by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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What a turd...


6 posted on 07/18/2007 9:43:00 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Sort of better than Gore or Kerry, but that's about it.........)
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To: tcrlaf

Numbnuts ain’t got enough sense to stopping digging the hole for his party.

Roots him on and throws a bigger shovel.


7 posted on 07/18/2007 9:43:23 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: tcrlaf
We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq.

That's the whole problem. The Senate has no power to "change course" in Iraq other than holding up funding measures.

8 posted on 07/18/2007 9:43:58 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: tcrlaf
All I am hearing from Dingy Harry is "No fair!" Cue the crybaby DNC poster.


9 posted on 07/18/2007 9:44:10 AM PDT by darkwing104
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To: tcrlaf

Looks to me like he just de-funded the war.


10 posted on 07/18/2007 9:44:47 AM PDT by Pete (Run, Vaclav, run!!)
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To: tcrlaf

Bastard.


11 posted on 07/18/2007 9:45:06 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: tcrlaf

We may need to have a telethon to raise money for the troops.

Bono and those rock bands that organize concerts to raise money for global warming and condoms in Africa and whatnot should do something really useful for once and have a show to raise money for the troops.


12 posted on 07/18/2007 9:46:46 AM PDT by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: tcrlaf
If the Democrats want to cut off funding for the troops, let 'em go right ahead. If they dare.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

13 posted on 07/18/2007 9:47:32 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Pete

(hurls)


14 posted on 07/18/2007 9:47:37 AM PDT by txhurl (90o is the only way to get thru this crap)
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To: Pete; All

When does funding actually run out? When will this have an effect?


15 posted on 07/18/2007 9:48:19 AM PDT by enough_idiocy (Just like against terrorism, in politics you can't be on the defensive all the time!!!!)
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To: tcrlaf

Nevada's Traitor Reid: "Death to America."

16 posted on 07/18/2007 9:48:47 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: tcrlaf

Fine, then NOTHING gets through.


17 posted on 07/18/2007 9:48:52 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Pete

bingo.


18 posted on 07/18/2007 9:49:14 AM PDT by stylin19a (Don't buy a putter until you have had a chance to throw it.)
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To: tcrlaf

We need Liebermann to come across to the republican caucus to stop this crap.


19 posted on 07/18/2007 9:49:15 AM PDT by ReaganRevolution ("Fight the enemy, support the troops, back the President. There can be no end save victory.”)
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To: michigander
Exactly. The Democrats don't know when to stop digging. They imagine they're going to hang defeat around President Bush's neck but in reality, they're laying the seeds for their own political demise.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

20 posted on 07/18/2007 9:49:29 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: tcrlaf

It’s a sign of desperation - the Rats can’t afford to wait until September and face the possibility that the news then from Iraq will be positive - they have to roll the dice now and try to force a surrender to bolster their own domestic political prospects.


21 posted on 07/18/2007 9:49:47 AM PDT by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: goldstategop

I think yours could be a good approach. Call their bluff. Let them suffer the fallout.


22 posted on 07/18/2007 9:49:53 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson-Hunter '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: tcrlaf

The Warner amendment probably would have gotten 60 votes. So this way, we don’t get stuck with that amendment, BUT we can argue that not only is Reid blocking troop funding, but he also refused to give a vote to a popular Iraq measure.


23 posted on 07/18/2007 9:50:04 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Pete; All

Even if he gets his votes and this passes, the President could veto and they do not have the votes to override. Thus, this is going no where.

This is pure folly to appease the moonbats!

I’d like to see a comparison as to how the GOP in Congress during Clinton’s Kosovo/Bosnian escapades acted. I know they opposed one of the two, but I don’t recall them playing these sort of games.


24 posted on 07/18/2007 9:50:30 AM PDT by enough_idiocy (Just like against terrorism, in politics you can't be on the defensive all the time!!!!)
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To: goldstategop

...the enemy within - Michael Savage


25 posted on 07/18/2007 9:50:31 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: enough_idiocy

I think the 2008 fiscal year begins Oct.1, 2007 and runs until Sept. 30, 2008.


26 posted on 07/18/2007 9:50:57 AM PDT by voiceinthewind
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To: ReaganRevolution

It would be a tie and not a majority change. wouldn’t it?


27 posted on 07/18/2007 9:51:42 AM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: tcrlaf
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28 posted on 07/18/2007 9:51:46 AM PDT by davidlachnicht ("IF WE'RE ALL TO BE TARGETS, THEN WE ALL MUST BE SOLDIERS.")
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To: tcrlaf

Reid’s bluffing! He’s down to his last hand. This is a hail-mary for the moonbats.


29 posted on 07/18/2007 9:52:14 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: processing please hold

This bill that Harry Reid is going to pull or has pulled is packed with hate crimes laws that Ted Kennedy loaded it up with so George Bush would have to sign it. The liberal bastards manage to screw us either way we turn.


30 posted on 07/18/2007 9:52:25 AM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: tcrlaf

Just another “Cut and Run” loser dimocrat!


31 posted on 07/18/2007 9:53:03 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: tcrlaf
Miserable, corrupt traitor — his entire family are registered lobbyists, siphoning millions from the public treasury while this bastard does every thing he can to give aid and comfort to the enemy.

If al-Qaeda has an equivalent to the Medal of Honor, Harry certainly deserves it.

32 posted on 07/18/2007 9:53:21 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: tcrlaf

The Republicans could get around this by allowing a vote, knowing President Bush will veto it. Get all the senators ON RECORD in an election cycle, for or against surrender.

Then Harry has to bring back the Defense bill, since he’s only tabled it to get a vote on the surrender bill.

Win-win.


33 posted on 07/18/2007 9:53:24 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: tcrlaf; SandRat; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Allegra; ...

Let’s make sure that get themselves labeled as the SURRENDER party....


34 posted on 07/18/2007 9:53:28 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: tcrlaf
Every member of FR start (or keep) emailing members of congress. Make phone calls. Demand they stand by our warriors down range and behind the CinC strategy for seeing this mission through. For victory over AQ and its mimics.

Keep the intensity up. Our warriors down range are fighting 24/7 in some of the most brutal conditions on earth....Their flanks back home deserve to be guarded from the DEMS/MSM.....It is the GOP bases job to guard their flanks (with not buts or ifs....just do it. Rally together and let's do it).

Keep the intensity on D.C. and on the MSM.

http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

35 posted on 07/18/2007 9:53:28 AM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: KC Burke

No VP cheney makes it a majority


36 posted on 07/18/2007 9:54:34 AM PDT by italianquaker (When will pelosi ask congressman ellison to apologize for his 9-11 remarks?)
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To: KC Burke
It would be a tie and not a majority change. wouldn’t it?

I believe so. Cheney breaks the tie.

For about five minutes, then one of the liberal republicans will break to independent and caucus with the democrats.

37 posted on 07/18/2007 9:55:02 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: tcrlaf

Harry Reid can go f-— himself


38 posted on 07/18/2007 9:55:07 AM PDT by John Cena
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To: tcrlaf

This guy is amazing. He keeps putting himself and his party in positions in which they cannot win even if they did win. But Reid is true the fundamentals of the Democrat Party, surrending to the bad guys on foreign soil and overtaxing the good guys at home.


39 posted on 07/18/2007 9:55:36 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: Diogenesis

40 posted on 07/18/2007 9:55:46 AM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: SirJohnBarleycorn; holdonnow
We may need to have a telethon to raise money for the troops.

Bono and those rock bands that organize concerts to raise money for global warming and condoms in Africa and whatnot should do something really useful for once and have a show to raise money for the troops.

WOW! What an idea!

Get Sean and Rush and Mark and the other show hosts on board and start with Sean's line up of the Freedom Tour...What a PR boon for talk radio especially with the "fairness doctrine" crap going on, and what a slam to dingy Harry!

41 posted on 07/18/2007 9:55:54 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
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To: enough_idiocy
The Democrats don't have the votes. Despite all the misleading MSM/Drive By Media sound and fury and accounts of the GOP deserting the President on Iraq, the truth is the Democrats gained just one vote since the spring. They stayed up all night with nothing to show for it and now they're down to their ace in the hole. Which would expose all their vaunted concern for the troops as just as a political smokescreen for their real agenda... to cut n run from Iraq. I hope they're stupid enough to politically immolate themselves by cutting off funding for the War. I don't mind if they do that - the Democrats ought to show the American people who they really are now that their Kabuki Theater is over.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

42 posted on 07/18/2007 9:56:18 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: tcrlaf

Where are the blistering commercials accross the fruited plain?

Where are the LOUD exclamations showing that the Democrat party is ANTI AMERICAN?


43 posted on 07/18/2007 9:56:43 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: tcrlaf

This can’t go over well with any Democrat who is facing election next year, can it?

It is incredible that Harry Pouter is so eager to surrender to the islamofascists.


44 posted on 07/18/2007 9:56:53 AM PDT by mak5
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To: tcrlaf

Good Ol’ Harry.
He’s From Mindshaft,
Nevada or such, I hear.

What a gem.


45 posted on 07/18/2007 9:57:23 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: tcrlaf
“Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won’t allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until the Senate GOP drops its filibustering of votes on Iraq.”

Reid will have to cave or be accused of not funding our national defense. When Gingrich had the budget showdown with Slick, much of the government was shut down (DoD) for a couple of days, but then the DoD appropriations bill was passed. The shutdown was blamed on Gingrich, even though Slick vetoed the balanced budget.

46 posted on 07/18/2007 9:57:40 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: tcrlaf
Harry's got his chin stuck way out on this one. I hope the R's can find some way to hit him.

Reid is making a huge political mistake which, if they're properly aggressive, the Republicans can use to destroy him.

President Bush needs to schedule a prime-time speech to dissect Reid's (and Pelosi's) idiocy.

47 posted on 07/18/2007 9:57:51 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Beckwith; FastCoyote
Miserable, corrupt traitor — his entire family are registered lobbyists, siphoning millions from the public treasury while this bastard does every thing he can to give aid and comfort to the enemy.

If al-Qaeda has an equivalent to the Medal of Honor, Harry certainly deserves it.

You don't know the half of his corruption, either.

48 posted on 07/18/2007 9:58:02 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
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To: tcrlaf

God has blessed us with these enemies


49 posted on 07/18/2007 9:58:12 AM PDT by Stand W (Fetchez La Vache!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Good translation there


50 posted on 07/18/2007 9:58:37 AM PDT by listenhillary (Stop terrorism -Boycott the MSM terrorist allies)
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